AEC Tech News #178

27 Sep, 2006 By: Kenneth Wong

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Modeling Metropolitan Miami

3D printing technology gains momentum
in architectural prototyping

It was a typical tropical day in Miami, Florida. Rafael Tapanes had just delivered the Lancaster Plaza, a Mediterranean-style condo complex, to his client. Impressed by the fast turnaround and modest cost, the client returned the next day to ask if Tapanes could create 100 more. "Sure," said Tapanes. "Give me two days."

Before that, a frazzled real estate developer had approached Tapanes with a rush order: Raise a swanky tower crowned with penthouses in the middle of the Metropolitan Miami area, or The Met, as locals call it. It took Tapanes a mere two weeks to put the tower where it belongs.

Tapanes isn't Superman. He just happens to own a 3D printer. Read more>>

Wide-Format Scanners: How Much Speed
Do You Need?

By Henrik Vestermark

At this year's ESRI user conference in San Diego, California, I spoke with many current and prospective customers in the AEC and GIS communities about the business benefits of wide-format scanning. It was clear that none of them was overwhelmingly concerned about scanning speed. In fact, most revealed that scanning speed was not an issue at all. Read more>>

Mark Your Calendar: AEC Events

SAP Business Forum 2006
October 18, 2006
Chicago, Illinois
Part of the SAP Business Innovation Series, this complimentary event  will include sessions with SAP experts who will answer and discuss attendee  questions and concerns. General Colin Powell, USA (Ret.), former U.S.  secretary of state, will deliver the keynote speech. Read  more

Primavera 23rd Annual  Conference
December 3-6, 2006
San Diego, California
The Primavera Annual Conference is an annual educational forum for the  company's software users to update their product knowledge, network with  their project management peers and meet Primavera employees. Conference  offerings include hands-on learning, project profiles and educational  and technical tracks. Read  more

World of Concrete 2007
January 22-26, 2007
Las Vegas, Nevada
The program for this year's World of Concrete conference includes more  than 130 seminars and a Women in Concrete luncheon and forum, which will  bring together more than 200 women working in the concrete construction industry. Read  more

SPAR 2007
March 26-27, 2007
Sugar Land (Houston), Texas
Subtitled "Capturing and Documenting Existing-Conditions Data for  Design, Construction and Operations," this conference aims to illuminate  the business case for using advanced dimensional control work processes  enabled by new technologies (such as 3D laser scanning) to achieve safety,  cost, schedule and quality values for capital projects. Read more

For Cadalyst's full calendar of events, click here >>

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Calling All CAD Managers!
Cadalyst reminds all CAD managers  to be sure to participate in Robert Green's 2006 CAD Manager's Survey. As always, participants are assured that  data will not be shared with anyone and your personal identity will  not be disclosed. Green says, "My only goal is to report on  the state of the CAD management environment to you, my readers, in  the November issue of Cadalyst magazine."

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